Template:Infobox comics species and title/doc

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This template is designed to be used in articles about fictional species that appear in comics, and more specifically in a self-titled comic. Examples of this are Inhumans and New Gods.

For cases where the species and the title have separate articles, use {{Infobox comics species}} and {{Infobox comic book title}} respectively.

Articles for species without a related comics series should use {{Infobox comics species}}.


{{Infobox comics species and title
<!--Wikipedia:WikiProject Comics-->
<!-- Species section -->
|species             = 
|image               = <!-- filename format only -->
|imagesize           = <!-- default 250 -->
|caption             = 
|alt                 = 
|publisher           = 
|debut               = 
|debutmo             = <!-- optional -->
|debutyr             = <!-- optional -->
|creators            = 
|deities             = 
|homeworld           = 
|members             =           
|powers              = 

<!-- Series section -->
|title               = 
|cvr_image           = <!-- filename format only -->
|cvr_caption         = 
|cvr_alt             = 
|schedule            = 
|format              = 
|limited             = Y
|ongoing             = Y
|1shot               = Y
|genre               = '''''see below'''''
|pub_series          = 
|date                = 
|1stishhead          = 
|1stishyr            = 
|1stishmo            = 
|endishyr            = 
|endishmo            = 
|1stishhead#         = 
|1stishyr#           = 
|1stishmo#           = 
|endishyr#           = 
|endishmo#           = 
|issues              = 
|main_char_team      = 
|writers             = 
|artists             = 
|pencillers          = 
|inkers              = 
|letterers           = 
|colorists           = 
|editors             = 
|creative_team_month = 
|creative_team_year  = 
|creators_series     = 
|CEheader            =
|TPB                 = 
|ISBN                = 
|nonUS               = 

<!-- Category section -->
|subcat              = 
|altcat              = 
|sortkey             = {{PAGENAME}}
|addpropcat#         = 
|addpubcat#          = 

Parameter notes

This template is designed to allow the infobox layout to reflect the focus of the article.

Please add the field |group = y when the infobox is being added to article that focus primarily of the in story team, and |pub = y when the article focuses primarily on the publications.

Common elements

  • Most of the parameters are designed only to show in the infobox if something is entered. They can be left in the template and empty if the item does not pertain to the article or if the information is not known at the time the template is added.
  • The species field is an exception. If left empty the infobox will not generate a title. If the title for the infobox is the same as the title of the article, species can either be deleted or commented out. The later is preferable since the name of the article, or the preferred name of the infobox may change.
  • For multiple items in one field, separate each with <br />.
    Example: creators=Stan Lee<br />Jack Kirby
  • Placing images in the infobox uses two fields:
    • image which is just the filname of the image. The template will add the markup to show the image.
      Example: image= example.jpg
    • imagesize which is the width the image will display at. The template will only accept a number here. If left empty or if a string (such as "225px") is entered, the image will default to 250px wide.
      • If you find the image to be too tall, reduce the size below 250px.
      • The parameter is capped at maximum width of 250. Entering values grater than this will result in the default setting being used.
      • The image will also cap at 450 in height.
  • The caption will appear below the image. Keep it short, but indicate the original source published source of the image and the artist(s).
    Example: A comic book issue cover would be captioned as "Wolverine vol 2, #17. Art by John Byrne."
  • To keep in line with Wikipedia:Alternative text for images, alt needs to be updated with the "text alternative" of the image. This is not the same as the caption. It should also be kept short, but needs to be descriptive of the image.
  • For debut, provide the first appearance of the species.
    • debutmo and debutyr can be used in conjunction with debut. When this is done:
      • debut is only the title, volume number, and issue number
      • debutmo is the month, season or week specified in the issue's cover date. This field is optional so it can be left out if no "month" is part of the cover date.
      • debutyr is the four digit year noted in the cover date. This will automatically link the year to the appropriate "Year in comics" list article. If this field is not present, only the information in debut will show up in the infobox.
  • title it is the title of the publication. If left empty the infobox will generate this based on the title of the article.
  • An image of an initial, relevant cover can be placed into the info box using cvr_image. Complete the field with just the filname of the image, as with image. The template will add the markup to show the image.
    • For use in the infobox, this image will be constrained to a maximum width of 100px and a maximum height of 180px. Uploading a 300px version is recommended since the intent is to allow readers to click through for the more detailed version.
    • Please also keep in mind the non-free content guidelines and policies. If a similar image is being used at image, do not add an image here as it would be redundant.
    • Please note, since this template is designed to allow for either the team or publication to be presented first, only the "team/publication" format will allow both images. The "publication/team format will use the cvr_image since it is associated with the publication data.
  • The cvr_caption will appear to the right of the image. Keep it short, but indicate the original source published source of the image and the artist(s) just as with caption. cvr_alt should also be provided.

Specific elements

  • deities should be used if the infobox is being used with a panthon, in whole or in part, of gods. The panthon should be listed here.
  • homeworld is a catch all for the place of origin of the species. Previously this has been listed as both "base" and "location".
  • members are characters that are notable examples of the species. These lists should be kept short as they are meant to be examples, not an exhaustive catalogue.
  • powers include significant inherent powers and notable abilities of the species. This should be a short list, without description. Keep longer prose for the article text.
  • schedule is how frequently the title was published.
  • format indicates if the title was an ongoing series, limited series, or a one-shot. It is normally generated selecting one of the following logical fields. However, an entry like "type=(vol. 1) Limited series<br />(vol. 2) Ongoing" will over ride them. Note that the logical fields are not mutually exclusive as title with multiple volumes may have been published on each format.
    • limited for limited series. See also Categories.
    • ongoing for a series that was not intended to have a finite run or set final issue number.
    • 1shot for one issues runs. See also Categories.
  • genre is generally not a field for keying, but a set of logical fields which relate to the major genre(s) that the title uses for its stories. The fields will also put the article into the proper categories under Category:Comics genres.
    If more than one genre is appropriate, adding |multigenre = y will allow for the genres to all show in the infobox, but the alphabetically first genre will need to use first to add it and not have ", " precede the text.
    The currently supported genres are listed here.
  • date is the period that the title was in publication. Normal convention is to list the cover dates, with the months not abbreviated. The year(s) can also be entered as [[YEAR in comics|YEAR]].
    • date should be used when additional information, such as references, or complicated date listings are needed. In other cases, a set of fields can be used to generate the date information. These fields are:
      • 1stishhead - Either the volume number or subtitle used to distinguish multiple volumes. This field is only needed if there are 2 or more volumes.
      • 1stishyr - The year, by the cover date, of the first issue.
      • 1stishmo - The month, season or week specified in the first issue's cover date. This field is optional so it can be left out if no "month" is part of the cover date.
      • endishyr - The year, by the cover date, of the last issue.
      • endishmo - The month, season or week specified in the last issue's cover date. This field is optional so it can be left out if no "month" is part of the cover date.
        • If endishyr and endishmo are omitted, the template will assume that the volume is still being published and substiutute "Present" for a final cover date.
        • Two or more volumes can be indicated by using 1stishhead#, 1stishyr#, 1stishmo#, endishyr#, and endishmo#. Replace "#" with a number (currently the template is set up for 6 additional volumes) and enter the appropriate information.
  • issues is the number of issues the title ran. This can be annotated with any odd numbering sequences. 1shot will automatically enter a "1" here.
  • Creators and primary characters/teams that are, or have been, involved with title can be listed with the following fields. These fields should be minimal, please keep this in mind when dealing with long running titles.
    • main_char_team
    • writers
    • artists
      • NOTE: artist should be used when listing creators who contributed in more than one capacity as a penciller, inker, and/or colorist. This would also include those who work in painted or photographic art.
    • pencillers
    • inkers
    • letterers
    • colorists
    • editors
  • creative_team_month and creative_team_year create and "as of" notation in the "Creative team" header. Care should be taken with using these fields in light of WP:DATED.
  • creators_series lists those that created the series. It should not include creators of previously existing characters that were brought into the title. If this field would be the same as creators, leave this field blank.
  • nonUS is a logical notation for items that were published using British instead of American spellings. At present this only affects the "Colorist/Colourist" field.
  • CEheader will change the page that Collected editions directs to. Defaults to #Collected editions. See The New 52 as an example of how this is used.
  • TPB and ISBN are used to list notable collected editions. Up to 10 can be accommodated (ISBN1, ISBN2, ... ISBN10). "Notable" in this case would be the first printing of an either one of the first few collections or a collection with citable critical acclaim (industry award nominee or winner for example).


This infobox has been designed to automatically place articles its added to into appropriate categories under Category:Fictional life forms or Category:Fictional deities and Category:Comics publications. To do this the following parameters are used.

  • subcat is used to specify a particular subcategory of Category:Fictional life forms or Category:Fictional deities and Category:Comics publications. This can be a publisher, imprint, or nation of original publication. Please review the noted categories for which subcategories exist. The deities parameter will switch the category choice from the default "life forms"/"species".
    • If the initial publisher would be the first subcategory for the title but not for the species, use subcat for the species and subcat_pub for the series.
  • altcat is used for cases where the of the appropriate category does not end in "life forms", "deities", "species", or "titles".
  • sortkey is the title by which the article will be sorted in the categories placed by the template. This sorting will default to {{PAGENAME}} and will override {{DEFAULTSORT}} listings in the article. Due to markup limitations, this parameter will not recognize a leading space.
  • Additional categories similar to the one set by either subcat or altcat can be added with addspccat# for object derived categories and addpubcat# for publication related categories. Replace "#" with a number (currently the template is set up for 6 additional categories of each type) and list the full category title. Please list the categories in publication order.
  • Two of the logical fields for format will add the article to categories in addition to that set by subcat or altcat.
    • limited This will also automatically sort the article into Category:Comic book limited series. This will interact with subcat to a degree.
      • In cases where there is an ongoing and a limited series where the subcategories are different, the use limsub for the subcategory for the limited series.
        Example: If DC Comics produced an onging that was cancelled prior to 1980, and then produced a limited series of the same title, but published under the Vertigo imprint, the following would be entered:
        |limited = y
        |ongoing = y
        |subcat = DC Comics
        |limsub = Vertigo
    • 1shot This will also automatically sort the article into Category:One-shot comic titles
  • 1stishyr will add the article to the appropriate "'Year' comic debuts" category. This category will list after the "Comics publications" categories.
  • Additional debut categories can be added using 1stishyr# . Replace "#" with a number (currently the template is set up for 6 additional categories) and enter the appropriate year. Please keep the following in mind:
    • A year should only be added once and the years should be in chronological order.
    • Only add a year based on the cover date of the first issue of the title.
  • The genre logical fields will also add the appropriate categories.

Types list

This is a list of the logical fields the template currently supports for additional subchategories. Each entry lists the line to be entered into the template and the base category type the template will add. Note that:

  • If something other than "Fictional" is listed, that can be used with subcat and fine tuned where the article will be sorted.
|cosmic    = y
|et        = y
|human+    = y
|mutant    = y
|super     = y
|warrior   = y

Genre list

This is a list of the logical fields the template currently supports for genre.

|Adventure  = y
|AltHistory = y
|Anarch     = y
|Anthology  = y
|Anthro     = y
|Biopunk    = y
|Christian  = y
|Crime      = y
|Cyberpunk  = y
|Detective  = y
|Erotic     = y
|Fantasy    = y
|Historical = y
|Horror     = y
|Humor      = y
|Magic      = y
|MArts      = y
|Mystery    = y
|Myth       = y
|Office     = y
|Philosophy = y
|Politico   = y
|PostApoc   = y
|Psych      = y
|Romance    = y
|SciFi      = y
|School     = y
|Sport      = y
|Spy        = y
|Steampunk  = y
|Superhero  = y
|Swash      = y
|TechnoThril= y
|Thrill     = y
|Vampire    = y
|War        = y
|Werewolf   = y
|Zombie     = y

Anthro - for Anthropomorphic - can be refiend for funny animal and furry comics:

  • For funny animals use "funny" or "funny-first" instead of "y" or "first"
  • For furry comics use "furry" or "furry-first" instead of "y" or "first"

Some of these are mutually exclusive based on subgrenre:

  • Action-adventure (Adventure) is the parent of — Martial arts (MArts), Spy, Superhero, Swashbuckler(Swash), and War
  • Crime is the parent of — Detective and Mystery
  • Cyberpunk is the parent of — Biopunk and Steampunk
  • Historical is the parent of — Alternate history (AltHistory)
  • Horror is the parent of — Vampire, Werewolf, and Zombie
  • Science Fiction (SciFi) is the parent of — Cyberpunk and Post-apocalyptic (PostApoc)
  • Thriller (Thrill) is the parent of — Spy

In some cases, two or more of the tags will post a combined genre to the infobox. These include:

  • Comic fantasy — Fantasy and Humor
  • Crime-thriller — Crime and Thriller (Thrill)
  • Comic science fiction — Humor and Science Fiction (SciFi)
  • Dark fantasy — Fantasy and Horror
  • Erotic fantasy — Erotic and Fantasy
  • Erotic horror — Erotic and Horror
  • Gothic science fiction — Horror and Science Fiction (SciFi)
  • Historical fantasy — Fantasy and Historical
  • Historical romance — Historical and Romance
  • Military science fiction — Science Fiction (SciFi) and War
  • Psychological-thriller — Psychological (Psych) and Thriller (Thrill)
  • Romantic comedy — Humor and Romance
  • Romantic fantasy — Fantasy and Romance
  • Science fantasy — Fantasy and Science Fiction (SciFi)
  • Science fiction Western — Science Fiction (SciFi) and Western
  • Weird West — Horror and Western
  • Wuxia — Fantasy, Historical, and Martial arts (MArts) in cases where "Chinese" can be selected as the original language.

Some series or franchise specific categories exists as subcategories for a particular genre. To avoid double categorization, the following "series" tags can be used:

Bond to replace Spy
James Bond comics
Chthulu to replace Horror
Chthulu Mythos comics
LoEG to replace AltHistory and Steampunk
The League of Extraordinary Gentalmen
WotW to replace Steampunk
War of the Worlds comics

See also

Component infoboxes

Related infoboxes

Tracking categories